YUMA, Ariz. – Solid pitching and defense fortified nine total runs as the Arizona Western College swept a Tuesday double-header from the Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters at Kammann Field.
The Matadors took both games of the double-header by score of 5-2 in game one and 4-1 in game two.
Both of the Matadors starting pitchers held the Eastern offense in check long enough for their own offense to get started.
In game one, Ramon Miranda made quick work of the Gila Monsters in each of the first two innings before he sparked the Matador offense in the second.
Miranda drew a walk before Robbie Wilkes bunted for a hit, both runners advanced on an errant throw by Gila Monster starter Seth Chavez. After Tyson Zamora walked, Zach Huffins was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Carlos Arellano cashed in Wilkes with a sacrifice fly.
In the top of the fourth, Eastern responded after Gavin Hertrich reached on a dropped third strike. Tyler Mata-Lloyd rolled a triple down the right field line to score Hertrich. Brendan Paul tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Matadors immediately responded in the bottom of the inning, as Zamora ripped a one-out double into right center field. After a pair of walks, loaded the bases, Zamora came in to score on a passed ball to put the Mats back in front.
Miranda slung zeroes over the next two frames, helped by his defense. With one out and a runner on first, Paul lined a ball to shortstop Carlos Arellano, who snagged the liner and fired to first to double up the runner and end the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Zamora started the frame with a single. After Arellano and Greene walked, Jarrod Belbin ripped a double to score two insurance runs for the Matadors.
Miranda worked around a lead-off double and walk in the seventh, inducing a fly out before striking out the final two batters for the win.
Miranda finished with the complete game victory in seven innings, striking out eight Gila Monsters while working around six hits, two walks, and the pair of runs.
In game two, Mason Myhre picked up where Miranda left off by retiring the Gila Monsters in order.
But the Mats would never surrender the lead striking for single runs in the first and second.
In the bottom of the first, Huffins walked, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Carlos Arellano immediately cashed him in with a sacrifice fly.
The Mats added the run in the second with two outs. Oliver Frias reached on a short hopped throw by the Eastern third basemen Kairos Torres-Umi. Zamora roped a triple to plate the coutres runner Anthony Guzman.
After the Mats lone error of the day in the third inning, Tyler Mata-Lloyd singled in the only run of the second game for the Gila Monsters.
The Matadors responded with two more runs of support for Myhre in the fourth. Frias singled with two outs. Zamora walked in front of Zach Huffins RBI single and then Zamora came home on a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, Myhre was solid on the mound striking out nine Gila Monsters in five innings of work and surrendering just the unearned run while parsing out three hits and a pair of walks.
Zach Hansen worked around a walk and a hit batter to start the sixth before using his two strikeouts to avoid any damage.
Arturo Gil took it the final three frames for the Matadors on the mound smoothly sailing until the ninth. After getting the first two outs. Zerek Saenz singled to extend the game. Mata-Lloyd walked and Paul was hit by a pitch to put the tying run on first, loading the bases. Gil induced a game-ending ground out to Arellano, who tossed to Miranda at third, securing the sweep.
With the wins, Arizona Western improves to 11-4 on the season and 3-1 in ACCAC play. Eastern Arizona falls to 5-9 on the year and 0-4 in the ACCAC.
The Matadors are on the road Friday to take on the GateWay Geckos for a double-header at Noon. They will be back at Kammann Field on Tuesday, February 26th for two games against Chandler-Gilbert starting at 12pm.
Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma.